Marquis Fairen Leary
Knowledge must be preserved and fought for. There is no greater legacy than memory.
Description: Tall and stocky, there is much about Fairen that suggests hidden strength behind his spectacles. Perhaps the strong bones of his face and jaw cannot entirely be obscured by the general shyness he presents. His eyes are pale and clear, gray-blue behind the round frames of the glasses that almost never leave his face. His lips are thin, edged with the shade of lines at the corners of his mouth, beneath the bold nose. His hair is short and thick, prickling in dark spikes with just the earliest seeds of gray to glint amidst the brown strands. The hairline is just barely beginning to recede.
Personality: Fairen has a powerful weight of intelligence behind a dry reserve that occasionally goes past crisp into sharp and spiky. Though basically caring and decent and warm, when his patience snaps he wields snark and sarcasm like bitter daggers. He has an intuitive knack for people, which also means his social intelligence is good at helping him find weaknesses. Study and knowledge are his primary pursuits and the goal and love of his whole life, which in a universe that contains massive quantities of information lost to time and memory primes him for a life occasionally colored by staggering disappointments. He can be shy socially and also has a tendency to dither and to use a few too many words to say what could otherwise be simple.
Background: Fairen's older sister Hianara was the March. Throughout their childhood, she was an active, aggressive child, with ambitions to leadership, cavalryship, generalship. Fairen studied quietly a lot, and although he enjoyed walking outdoors amidst the trees and occasionally growing things in little garden plots on his own, he was disinterested in most of the rougher games the other children played, finding more solace in books and in the teachings of the priests and in the quiet of the stone passageways beneath the fort.
As an adult, the military pursuits that had always intrigued his sister drew Fairen hardly at all. The human drama behind the history of warfare drew his attention far more than anything related to strategy or tactics. Hianara married a young Malvici cousin and began right away on the task of making new heirs only to lose her first two children still in the womb.
Fairen was almost married out into the Oathlands due to an arrangement with the Laurents, but it didn't work out for a couple of reasons; the first was that shortly before the treaty signing, Hianara died in a brutal and bloody battle with some Shav'Arvani. So instead the Laurent cousin in question married in instead, tying herself firmly to the new March and essentially proving essential in teaching him to rule and lead. For the first few years of their marriage, their relationship has been one of crisp, competent tolerance, cut with occasional furors of rage-fueled drama and what Fairen testily refers to as "hullaballoo". With the Grayson banners called and war and disaster brewing on the horizon, though, even a kind-of mismatch like Fairen and Iliana must learn to set aside their differences and work together.
|Arcadia||My older super nerdy cousin. He makes it too easy to pull tricks on.|
|Athaur||I do appreciate it when people let on that they will think less of me before even being introduced. It makes the interactions that much smoother.|
|Bhandn||At least somebody agrees with me that talking about burning books is questionable.|
|Catalana||What a gorgeous and friendly Marquis. Simply charming. Though, I do think he may actually think books are his friends.|
|Elias||My cousin, the Head of my House, a Leary. Is there a need to say more? He loves his books more than anyone else and is more dependable as a Marquis than anyone else.|
|Elloise||A+ Book Lover.|
|Evaristo||I like his sense of humor and easy manner!|
|Hickson||A great scholar and Marquis of House Leary. Even though he clearly knows a great deal, he is a very fast learner.|
|Lou||It's good to see that Fairen wants to get more involved in the Society of Explorers. We need more people who are willing to be leaders, and get more involved in the organization.|
|Mabelle||Kind man, seems rather shy and obviously into books.|
|Martino||Truly hardworking, putting his House first and giving his all to the improvement of his oeople|
|Mirari||Marquis Fairen Leary is an excellent tudor and a man of refined manner and taste. I believe there is more underneath the exterior than can easily be seen. I see something in that smile that holds a touch of sauve slyness.|
|Olivia||One of our houses Vassals. Smart. Ambitious, and good company|
|Petal||Thoughtful, interested in commoners even ones not from his house. A gentle man and he seems very kind and like he really notices people.|
|Reese||The Marquis of Leary! He loves his books and has a grace with works and a calm presence. He is someone who is easy to be around in the good way.|
|Rosalind||I offered him my hair, he offered me...I dont know! But he was looking for a woman behind a plant! I found him smart, but not for that. That was strange.|
|Sabella||The Marquis is as personable and charming as always! I find him to be a most pleasant conversationalist and am always happy to run into him!|
|Thea||Pleasant with good ideas on how to work together. I'm sure we can learn from eachother.|
|Tomwell||My brother has very much grown into his position as Marquis, these past couple of years. It might've been rocky after Hianara's death, but it seems we've both made it through and turned into decent men. I'm still glad he's not angry at me, though.|